By R. Maxine Lundquist
When you’re lost and alone in the great outdoors you need every advantage you can get. Listed below are a few really, really neat ideas for gear you might want to carry with you:
Designed by British engineer James Bentham, the solar kettle allows you to boil water without electricity, fire or heat of any kind. You can use it any time there is sunlight. Two exterior reflectors help the thermal vacuum tube maximize solar energy, which enables the water inside to boil. Better yet, the outside remains cool to the touch even when the water inside is boiling hot. It holds approximately half a litre of water, and take a while to boil it–around two hours when the water is very cold–but in survival situations, when contaminated water needs to be sterilized, or when seawater needs to be desalinated, there’s nothing better around if no fire can be had. It has a long life–approximately 25 years–so it’s well worth buying for emergency situations.
We have a couple of these just in case. It’s a personal water filter that enables you to have immediate access to good drinking water. The beauty of the Lifestraw is that you don’t even need a cup–you can put one end of the straw in water and drink through it. Lifestraw can filter over 264 gallons of water of dangerous bacteria and protozoa and the removal rate exceeds EPA standard for water filtration. It doesn’t filter heavy metals or viruses, and you cannot use it for desalinization, but for twenty dollars and an indefinite shelf life you get good value for money.
While we haven’t yet discovered how to make complete dinners expand from a little pill with the addition of water The Jetsons-style, this survival food is a nifty little substitution. Twelve tablets provide 100% of the USA RDA of 15 essential vitamins and minerals, and contains highly concentrated protein for the body to assimilate. Because they are so highly compressed oxygen and moisture can’t penetrate the tablets, so they have a ten year shelf-life. In survival situations, where one has to subsist on whatever the conditions provide, these tablets may well mean the difference between life and death. Apparently they taste delicious, as well, so that’s a plus.
In survival situations one of the most basic tools for surviving is rope. Grindworx provides you with 98 feet of it–2 1/2 feet of paracord for every inch of belt. You’ll be prepared with this belt for any emergency situation that calls for rope. Features a wide aluminum buckle.
When every second counts, the Chinook Bleeder Pack is the one to reach for. Contains a tourniquet, QuickClot, blood stopper dressing, primed gauze bandage, and a pair of nitrile gloves. It only weighs 7 oz. and measures 3 1/2″ X7 1/2″ X 2″, small enough to stuff into the medical bag but it has everything right on hand to stop severe bleeding; no more rummaging around trying to find what you need.
Designed for the treatment of hypothermia and vacuum packed in a resealable zip closure bag for easy access and storage, the Chinook Tactical Medical Module for Hypothermia contains everything you need to treat people suffering from the state. It contains 4 nitrile gloves, 1 Thermo-lite hypothermia prevention cap, a ready-heat blanket and a blizzard rescue blanket. It weighs 3 lbs, 9 oz. and the pack measures 11″ X 11″ X 4″–a whole lotta help in a little package.